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Loose leaf

These photos were taken a few weeks ago and have been sitting in my 'to blog' folder (that's not a real thing, by the way, just a little corner of my mind where un-blogged outfits live) waiting to be posted.  In the past I've mentioned on here that time tends to run away with me amidst a flutter of girthy to-do lists and blog commitments but it's been a funny old start to the year.  Some busyness, yes, but also some nothingness - some early nights, some Netflix time and some pottering and sorting.  It's weird for me to make a conscious effort to say no to the blog, to have nights where I actively turn off the computer and prioritise snuggling under a blanket and catching up on The Bridge or reading in bed.  I haven't lost enthusiasm for my blog, I'm just shedding the ties that made blogging less fun - I've ended a couple of longer term commitments I had with brands that were proving too time-consuming and diluting the quality of the blog and I've been turning down less relevant collaborations and opportunities.  I want blogging to be something I sit down and enjoy with a cup of tea and a calm mind, not another thing in my life that's causing me to look concerningly at my diary and worry that there aren't enough hours in the day.  And I want to make this blog a fun, interesting read and somewhere people come knowing that there will be something worth stopping by for.  It feels exciting to me that I have lots to tell you about the beginning of the year and the things that have been on my mind, in my camera and arriving in the post and I can't wait to sit down and get writing.  Blogging is one my main loves and passions in life and I feel renewed vigour to carry on in that journey, as well as incredibly and indescribably grateful for every single page view, comment, tweet and message that comes my way.  My blog will be four years old this year and I owe an enormous amout to the community of bloggers and readers that have made this possible, as well as the many of you who I now call friends as well as 'people from the interweb'.  You are awesome.

So, back to the dress, and armed with camomile tea, I bring you this little Emily and Fin number that I picked up from Oliver Bonas.  It was reduced to a bargainous £29 in their sale so I couldn't resist but snap it up.  I love how the leaf print makes it feel slightly autumnal but the blue makes it feel summer-y and bright.  I must have been feeling summer-y that day (owing to the sunshine streaming through the window I'd wager) so I paired it with some peep-toes, albeit also with some nude tights to be safe.

Emily and Fin dress Emily and Fin dress
dress: emily and fin sarah dress, oliver bonas, £29 {sold out}
peep toes: schutz {sold out}

I hope you are all having a lovely week so far, I must admit that I am pretty happy that it's Friday tomorrow! This week has really dragged, though it's only just over a week until it's February so I guess it can't be going by that slowly.... (the unbelievably quick passing of time, and other blogger clichés...)

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27 comments

  1. You look stunning Rosie, not that that's any different from usual though! :P

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  2. That dress is just so unbelievably pretty! You look wonderful Rosie! x

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  3. Your blog is one of my favourites Rosie - I know I'm in for a treat every time a new post by you comes up in my feed! :)
    Such a lovely dress, the colour really suits you xx

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    1. Thanks so much Sophie, that really means a lot - I'm glad you still really enjoy reading my blog xx

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  4. This dress is gorgeous! Love E&f! I think its wise of you to cut some of those ties Rosie, it lessens the pressure on yourself.ive also returned to loving your recent posts again.

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  5. Love. All of it.
    The dress. The fact you're giving yourself more time. Your hair at the moment.
    ❤️

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  6. Really cute dress...although I'm not happy they have sold out!!

    http://vodkaandarose.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. I have been trying to just give myself some space from blogging, just prioritising commitments and taking my sweet time with everything else. It's important to me that my hobby stays fun.
    You look lovely in that dress, it is so bright and cheerful x

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  8. that's such an ADORABLE outfit, love , love love it!!! :) xx
    Alice Barton ♥ TheMowWay

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  9. This dress is so pretty, I love the colour of it :)

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  10. lol glad I'm not the only person with a "blogger folder." Beautiful dress. It's the right color on you.
    Beauty Fashion Skin Care Blog -Girlie Blog Seattle | Casual Chic Style

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  11. It has been a LONG week, tgif!

    I love this dress on you <3

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  12. Beautiful dress you look gorgeous (as always!) and what a bargain too. And I think it's perfectly acceptable to take a break every once in awhile from the worldwide web :) x

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  13. I think you and I have had the same thoughts at the start of this year. For me it wasn't so much the working with brands part (I don't work with too many) more the pressure I was starting to feel to post everyday. I've never been a post everyday kinda girl and I don't really know where it came from. It's nice to step back a little when the fun starts to be sapped out of it. I always love your tattoos everytime I see them!!

    Jenny | sunny sweet pea xx

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    1. I know what you mean, it's not even really lessening working with brands itself, it's just being more picky in terms of what I get involved in so it doesn't end up being too much of a commitment. I am exactly the same as you in that I was putting pressure on myself to blog every day and it's not really that necessary! And thankyou :) xo

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  14. It looks wonderful on you Rosie. And I'm sure I've said this a thousand times, but your tattoos are lush! x

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  15. You really look like Kiernan Shipka, from Mad Men? She's stunning and so are you, and both with a really keen sense of style :) I can't believe it's taken me this long to realise though! T xx

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    1. Haha, thankyou! I just Googled her and was slightly initial confused as it brought up really young photos of her! Definitely happy to look like her though! :) xo

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  16. Love the dress, Rosie, and you look gorgeous as usual! xx

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  17. I love the shade of blue on this dress, it's gorgeous :)

    Sophie
    http://what-sophie-said.blogspot.co.uk/
    xxx

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  18. You are the picture for Summer, to hurry up aswell! Rosie you never look poop in an outfit you post (well of course you don't) and these colours are just perfect on you. And with your little tootsies out makes me want to dig out my sandals and prance around in a brightly coloured summer dress screaming IT'S FRIDAY THANK GOD.xx

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  19. Love the dress it's stunning http://www.joannavictoria.co.uk/

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  20. Beautiful dress, I love it! I think it's a good idea to step back a bit from some commitments if they're making blogging a chore...

    Liz xx

    Distract Me Now Please

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  21. You looks so cute wearing this dress, Rosie! I love it

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  22. That dress is such a beautiful shade of blue, it definitely invokes happy thoughts of spring! Also, I don't know if you're still not straightening your hair as much, but it looks lovely with a slight wave in these photographs.

    x

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